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Trajectories is a series of podcasts offering in-depth conversations with Montreal artists. Each episode paints the portrait of a unique art practice. Produced with the financial support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the series engages in a dialogue with the Museum’s collection, placing emphasis on the formal and conceptual processes that shape current approaches in artist communities.

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Episode 1 - Mathieu Lacroix

(French episode)

During this conversation, Mathieu Lacroix reflects upon his artistic practice, which is always related to the very process of creating, whether through the staging of his work or the mise en abyme—infinite reproduction—of materials. Lacroix speaks about the social and political dimensions of working in art, as well as the capitalist codes enfolding it. The artist also discusses his involvement in a number of artists’ collectives and the role of music in his practice.

See the work from the MMFA’s collection Mathieu Lacroix discusses in this episode.

The artist, Mathieu Lacroix
Episode 2 - My-Van Dam

(French episode)

During this episode, artist My-Van Dam talks to us about her practice and its concern with memory, intergenerational trauma, family and grief. She speaks about the importance of sculpture and materials, which allow her to convey the psychological states she addresses in that practice.

See the work from the MMFA’s collection My-Van Dam discusses in this episode.

The artist My-Van Dam
Episode 3 - Rita Adib

(English episode)

My conversation with artist Rita Adib deals with the place feminism, power games and anger have in her work. Adib also shares her thoughts on the feeling of belonging in respect to the experience of migration.

See the work from the MMFA’s collection Rita Adib discusses in this episode.

The artist Rita Adib
Episode 4 - Juan Ortiz-Apuy

(English episode)

In this episode, Juan Ortiz Apuy describes his artistic practice, which is concerned with the relationships people have with materiality, the unknowability of the lives of objects and the way in which advertising and design give them powers that make us desire them. Ortiz Apuy also speaks to us about his commitment to teaching.

See the work from the MMFA’s collection Juan Ortiz-Apuy discusses in this episode.

The artist, Juan Ortiz-Apuy
Episode 5 - Abbas Akhavan

(English episode)

Abbas Akhavan tells us about his practice and how important the specificity of the spaces in which he works is. Through his installations, Akhavan deals with topics and widely distributed images often relating to the wars, such as those in Iraq and Syria, that up until now have characterized the twenty-first century. He uses images of monuments, ruins and war trophies to consider the way in which such images are charged with meaning, as well as how they influence our perceptions. His installations and the materials he favours often reflect the vocabularies of theatre and film production, architectural follies and green screens, becoming portals to the worlds they replicate.

See the work from the MMFA’s collection Abbas Akhavan discusses in this episode.

The artist, Abbas Akhavan
Episode 6 - Miles Greenberg

(English episode)

Miles Greenberg talks to us about his durational performance practice, which primarily uses his own body as raw material. The artist also speaks about the influence sculpture has had on his live installations, and the outstanding figures, including Marina Abramović, Édouard Locke and Robert Wilson, that have mentored or taught him.

See the work from the MMFA’s collection Miles Greenberg discusses in this episode.

The artist, Miles Greenberg
Episode 7 - Kamissa Ma Koïta

(French episode)

This conversation with artist Kamissa Ma Koïta examines the importance of our relationship with the environment and of traditional and Indigenous cultures in ensuring its future. They outline the path their practice of performance has taken, the institutional critique that informs it and how their performances address the systemic racism and “whiteness” in the art world and society as a whole.

See the work from the MMFA’s collection Kamissa Ma Koïta discusses in this episode.

The artist, Kamissa Ma Koïta

Episode 8 - Ifeoma Anyaeji

(English episode)

Ifeoma Anyaeji shares with us the significance of her Nigerian Igbo roots to her artistic practice. She speaks about a traditional West African hairstyling technique, common in Nigeria, known as threading, which she uses to create sculptures made up of non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles—what she calls Plasto-Art. Anyaeji’s powerful thoughts on plastic spark consideration of how solutions can be found to the problem of its disposal.

The artist, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji
Learn more about the series

Trajectories provides an opportunity to find out how each artist’s journey has contributed to their creative process. Our guests’ practices connect with the social issues of today as well as thinking in the international art scene. All the conversations open with artists revealing what artwork or experience at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has had an impact on them. And it is from this starting point that we begin our trajectory through the world of each of our guests.


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